Speakers

Speaker Date Topic
Jim Henderson/ New Orleans Saints game analyst Oct 25, 2017
The Saints/NFL and The Flag
The Saints/NFL and The Flag

Jim Henderson needs no introduction to local sports fans or Saints fans around the globe because as the legendary voice of the Saints since the 80's, no sportscaster has been as beloved.

Jim's resume is as thick and as decorated as any sportscaster. Henderson has covered just about every major sport and sporting event in the United States including the Super Bowl, Major League Baseball, the NBA and The Masters to name just a few. While few could match his broadcasting talent, his role as the voice of the Saints has cemented Henderson with local sports fans forever. Since joining the Saints radio broadcast team in the early 80's, Henderson has become synonymous with Saints football. Fans across the Gulf South have tuned into Jim's call of Saints games on WWL-AM for decades and whether it was with color announcers Archie Manning or Hokie Gajan, he's always given listeners an experience like few broadcasters ever could. 

Henderson has provided Saints fans with the sound track of their teams' biggest moments and no one will ever forget his memorable calls of when the Saints clinched a Super Bowl berth after beating the Vikings in the NFC Championship game in 2009, "Pigs have flown! Hell has frozen over! The Saints are on their way to the Super Bowl!" Or when the black and gold won its first Super Bowl against the Colts, "Get ready to party with the Lombardi New Orleans! The miracle in Miami has happened! The Saints have won the Super Bowl!"  

Henderson is also one of the most decorated sportscasters in the country having won 13 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Sportscaster of the Year Awards and in 2011 he was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Orleans Press Club.

Jim's career began in his hometown of Rochester, New York when he began calling little league games. He received an English degree from State University of New York at Cortland as well as a Masters degree from Syracuse.

From there Henderson did sportscasting stints at Panama City and Atlanta before coming to the Crescent City in 1978.

Jim is semi-retired with his beautiful wife and the two are the proud parents of two children and a couple of grandchildren.
 

Federal Judge Jay Zainey Nov 01, 2017
Volunteerism
Volunteerism

U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey's many volunteer efforts have earned recognition from the New Orleans Archdiocese, reports the Archdiocese's official newspaper, the Clarion Herald

Zainey was awarded the Saint John Paul II Award for his service to the Archdiocese.

Zainey has organized a monthly mass for parishioners with special needs, helped form a group that provides legal services the homeless, and works with Catholic Charities to help expedite court processes for immigrant children, the Clarion Herald reported.

Zainey, who was appointed to the federal bench in 2002 by President George W. Bush, said he came by his volunteer ethic through his father: 

"Engaging and serving other people was what it was all about," Zainey said. "We learned that from my mom and dad. My dad quit law school when I was born because he had to raise a family. He was always sacrificing. He sold life insurance and he had his band and his music."

Sis. Helen Prejean Nov 08, 2017

Sister Helen Prejean is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty.  She has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on capital punishment and in shaping the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to all executions.

In 1982, Sister Helen started corresponding with Patrick Sonnier, sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison for the murder of two teenagers. Sonnier asked her to become his spiritual advisor and she accepted. Before Sonnier’s death, Sister Helen came to know a man who was as terrified as he had once been terrifying. At the same time, she came to know the families of the victims and the men whose job it was to execute him — men who often harbored doubts about the rightness of what they were doing.

In 1984, Elmo Patrick Sonnier was put to death in the electric chair. Sister Helen realized that this lethal act, performed by the state on our behalf, would remain hidden unless she spoke up about it. She came together with others to hold execution vigils and to march to draw attention to the issue. She founded a support group for victims’ family members called Survive. And she sat down and wrote a book about her experience.

When it was first published in 1993, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States sparked a national debate that focused on the dreadful details of how human choices and consequences are interwoven in our system of capital punishment. The book inspired an Academy Award winning movie starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon, a play by Tim Robbins, an opera, and a compilation of music inspired by the film.

Twenty years later and with capital punishment still practiced in 32 states, Sister Helen divides her time between campaigning against the death penalty, counseling individual death row prisoners, and working with murder victims’ family members.  She has accompanied four more men to their deaths and has written about two of them in her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions. She  is currently spiritual advisor to Manuel Ortiz, a man she believes is innocent of the crime that has put him on death row at Angola for over 20 years.

 

View Sister Helen’s awards and honors.